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Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 236

Simple solution:

When the car approaches an emergency situation where a cop is directing traffic (e.g an accident scene) and detects the emergency vehicle lights it pulls over and stops. The driver can then take manual control and drive until they are past the situation then re-enable the automated system.

If the vehicle is driving down the road and detects emergency lights behind it, the vehicle pulls over to allow the emergency vehicle to pass -- just like people are supposed to do -- and continues after the emergency vehicle has passed. If it's a cop pulling over a specific vehicle the cop will stay behind the automated vehicle and it will pull over and stop. If the person driving the automated vehicle questions the authenticity of the cop they can take manual control and drive away.

This stuff isn't hard.

Comment Re: Very sad - but let's get legislation in place (Score 1) 706

I'm a fool if I leave my house or car unlocked at night; nevertheless, if someone breaks in and steals stuff, they have committed a crime, not me; I was naive, negligent, careless, but I didn't steal anything.
If you are holding property for someone else, then yes your negligence is (may be) criminal, particularly if you are being paid to store their stuff and advertised your services as secure.

Comment Disconnect the antenni (Score 1) 373

Physically disconnect the uConnect/OnStar antenna, turn off BlueTooth or any other remote connection system if you can't disconnect their antenni. Pull the fuse for the powered lock system that allows your keyfob to unlock your door/start your engine.

Remember. If you can connect to your car remotely, so can the bad-guys.

Comment Art degrees don't belong in the same group as STEM (Score 2) 207

First off. F-You, John Cridland, for the 'spotty nerd' insult. And F-You for insinuating that coders aren't artistic and that coding isn't an art form.

The whole point of promoting STEM is because Art degrees are waste of time and resources. You may be personally fulfilled getting your Masters Degree in 18th Century French Poetry but it's not going to help make you a productive member of society.

As to game design, you have the game designer who designs the gameplay, then you have the coder who writes the code to implement the gameplay and then you have artist who creates the graphics (and sounds/music) for the game (among numerous other people). Game design is a team effort and everyone needs their own specific skills.

That you think coders need to be able to draw really shows that you have no idea of how the video-game industry works.

Comment The root problem (Score 2) 163

The root problem is the people who design a feature to allow code to persist through a wipe and don't see that as a huge security hole!

Security is simple is you care about it, things like a BIOS update shouldn't be possible without a physical action by the user. For example a jumper on the motherboard has to be installed during the boot (which can easily be extended to a button on the case) which would look for a specific file in a specific location and update the bios after confirming on screen with the user. The jumper would then have to be removed prior to the system booting normally.

Any feature that a good application can use to update your system, a bad application can use as well. To use a car analogy, a security "feature" that lets you unlock your car if you've lost your keys (which sounds useful on its face) - also allows a bad guy to unlock your car.

Comment Re:mimic the act of driving (Score 1) 157

You can't have a failure mode where it says "OK, meat sock, I have no idea what to do, it's your turn and you have 0.7 seconds to react". That will simply not work.

What in the world makes you think they would have such a failure mode?

Why would they do that when they can have it start alerting the driver when it "sees" something ahead that it doesn't grok allowing the meat sock to take control at it's discretion and if it doesn't, bring the vehicle to a safe and orderly stop until the source of the confusion can be sorted out.

This idea that the system would just stop functioning, without warning, anytime it gets confused is the fevered wet-dream of luddites.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl